Gluten Free Potstickers? Yes, please!
Peach-Mango White Wine Sangria? Bring it on!
NOTICE: I was contacted by a marketing company for Al Fresco (gluten free sausages, etc) and Columbia Crest wines to create a recipe using Al Fresco meat and pairing it with Columbia Crest wine.. They sent me wine, coupons (2) for al fresco products, and some “entertainment” things (a trivet, spatual, grilling brush, wine opener and bottle stopper) in exchange for a post about wine matching that used Al Fresco gluten free meats. The recipe is purely mine as are the opinions that follows. I was not paid but rather was gifted the products and “entertainment” items for my time.
I thought this summer would be lost of leisurely time to do things like, you know, clean our our closets and get rid of stuff stuff STUFF that seems to be everywhere! It has been filled with work – but not what I anticipated. More often than not since the weather has gotten HOT, we’ve been seeking easy dinners. Without air conditioning and living someplace where the hottest time of day is *just when* you want to start cooking dinner, it’s been a struggle. I hate HOT and the house has been hovering around 86F at 5PM. The thought of hanging out by the stove or turning on the oven just makes me ill at that time of day. You can usually find us out on the deck grilling….. that was until we ripped the deck off the back of the house. Oh yes. We’ve been doing work (!) this summer. I’ve spent more time at Home Deport (and more money!) in the last two weeks than I have in the last thirteen years. Ha!
The Al Fresco meats that we’ve found have been delicious so I was quite happy to participate in a little wine pairing/recipe making. We typically grill the meat with tons of red/orange/yellow/green bell peppers and then chop it all up and toss it into some quinoa with a dressing. It’s delicious! But this time, the coupons and recipe challenge arrived in the middle of our “empanada” vs. “potsticker” debate – as in which one would you rather (1) make and (2) eat? Potstickers win every time in this house. Empanadas are a close second with only two of us voting. If the girls voted, we’d be eating cheeseburgers or sushi every night. Ha!
And while the wine they sent (4 bottles!) was about the same amount of wine as we buy in two years, it was fun to taste and try. The wine was delicious and quite easy to pair. We chose the Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonnay for our pairing as it fit perfectly with our plan: White Wine Sangria! The wine by itself is super smooth, light and with a hint of citrus, so it was lovely with peaches and mango for a sangria.
If you haven’t tried to make a gluten free potsticker before, never fear! We’ve been making them since 2008 – and while we don’t make them as often any more, it isn’t as giant of an undertaking as you might think. All in all, our dinner from scratch was ready in an hour. That is how long it took the two of us to make the potstickers, salad, plate it and sit down for dinner. It would have taken a little longer had I been flying solo in the kitchen. Or better, I would have just shaved the brussel sprouts earlier! (I’m a bit of a last minute Nelly on the salad making lately.)
The only thing missing from our meal tonight was a fabulous outdoor setting with a cool evening. But until our backyard is put back together, this is not an option. Maybe the sangria and potsticker fuel will help us get even more accomplished on our major yard projects tomorrow!
Our Friday Night Menu:
- Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Rainier Cherries and Almonds
- Sliced peaches and mangos
- Chicken Potstickers (*al fresco Italian Chicken Sausage)
- White Wine Peach-Mango Sangria (*Columbia Crest Chardonnay)
So let’s get to the recipes!
And now a giveaway – I have a Grand Prize and 5 coupons for Runner Ups!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive: (2) al fresco free item coupons, a lovely wooden trivet/spatula set, a grilling brush and a wine opener/stopper from Columbia Crest.
Five Runner Ups will each receive a free product coupon (1 each) for an al fresco product.
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